I would not call myself a music lover. I listen to stuff all over the place – I listen to Benny Goodman AND I listen to Kesha. So. Wide range. But I don’t have refined tastes. If I like the lyrics or if the song sets my heart on fire, I’m all about it. Of course, this means that a lot of my playlists come from the top 40 for various years, then start branching out as, “hey, I like this song, maybe I’ll like more from this artist.”
So wait. Why am I talking about music?
Because today, we’re doing the OMG THIS SONG Book Tag, by Kate’s Book Date. For this tag, I get to pick a book AND a song for each question. So I am apologizing in advance for my objectively bad taste in music. So lets wind up the victrola and lets go.
(I’m not kidding, queueing up some vinyl IRL now.)
a book you’ll never get sick of / a song you MUST listen to every time it comes on, no matter how old or how many times you’ve listened to it
For the book, it’s got to be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I almost answered Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and while it’s true I often pick that one up nostalgically, I think I could get sick of it. H2G2 has the element of humor that always amuses me, so I think that one has to win….
As for the song….
It has to be “The Greatest Show” – the original version. Although the Pentatonix and Panic at the Disco versions are BOTH good. This was my top song of 2018 (statistically! Last.fm feeds my inner nerd) and I’m still obsessed with it.
a song that reminds you of the cringest time of your life / a book that also reminds you of this time (or just something you wouldn’t like as much if you picked it up for the first time now)
You want cringe?
I still remember the title of the book that my mother game me in lieu of giving me the sex talk. It was Wait for Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance by Rebecca St. James. My parents are devout Christians and believe very strongly in sex for procreation only. At this period in my life, my music was super limited to Christian music and oldies, and they took away my Harry Potter books as devilry (after a bit they got sensible and decided they were actually fiction, but those were great times).
So I was thrust into this world of being not just a good Christian, but a fanatical one. I think that this book and anything sung by Rebecca St. James (who was my favorite and I met her and it was the best part of eighth grade) represents *cringe* for me. I hate how intolerant and pushy I was. I am not proud of that period of my life, and I am not friends with any of those people anymore.
a recent song you have on repeat right now / a recent favorite book
I received an ARC of Spin the Dawn, and I think it’s fair to say I’m still pretty obsessed with how unexpectedly beautiful that story was. Absolutely loved it, and will definitely be grabbing a hard copy and reading it again after publication.
One of my favorite songs at the moment is “Zero” by Imagine Dragons. It feels really different for their typical sound, but I dunno. I really like it. I almost never play songs on constant repeat, though. 🙂 So a newish song that I don’t skip after the first 15 seconds is a pretty close second for me.
The music video is a little weird, though. 😛 Still like the song.
this song IS ME / this book is me in book form
TESS OF THE ROAD.
Tess of the Road is always the answer to this question. I relate to Tess in SO MANY WAYS and I read the book at a really vulnerable time in my life an it was everything I needed and wanted and there were SO SO many relate moments in it for me, both in relationships and Tess’s current state of mental health and the philosophical conversations and honestly this book was everything for me.
This question, music-wise, is kinda funny, because just a couple days ago, I described “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic in this way….
I was trying to express to my husband about how I relate to these lyrics so hardcore. Things like “make that money, watch it burn” and “lately I’ve been losing sleep, thinking about the things that we could be”. I just… sometimes it feels like we’re all in this machine of adulting and it’s so unfulfilling. Like running after something you’re never going to reach, and how there’s all these shiny things on the horizon and wouldn’t it be nice if “instead of counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars”.
weird but I like it? / a unique book that stuck out to you for whatever reason
I read Sleeping Giants six months ago and I’m still obsessed with it. It’s the first book I’ve read that’s been formatted like that, and the audiobook I listened to was just… fantastically performed. Absolutely loved it. It’s also not the type of book I would normally pick up AND I almost took it off my TBR because… giant robots possibly from space? Military operations and secret labs? Decidedly not my thing. ONLY APPARENTLY IT IS BECAUSE THIS IS FANTASTIC.
For my song, I’m going with “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” by The Doors.
I like some of the songs by The Doors, mostly the bigger ones like “Light My Fire”, but I don’t think I would have found “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” without the Cornetto trilogy? That’s a clip from The World’s End above, my favorite in the trilogy. Of course, Edgar Wright is a genus anyway, but this scene really stands out. If you haven’t seen it, do!
Best pump up song (for workouts or just life) / a book that inspired you
There are actually a few books that make me want to be a better person, but the first one that pops in my head is absolutely The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. A year later, and I still stand by my opinion that everyone of every age ought to read it. It’s so revealing and like I said in my review, it really makes you check your privilege. There are some books designed to make you uncomfortable and inspire change, and that is one of them.
My music answer is a little bit less of “be a better human” though and it’s really just one of those fun songs that just amuse me and get to go on my LET’S DO THIS lists.
Okay are you ready.
Okay so. I have an explanation as to why “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette is on my Pump It Up playlist. And that reason is: I watch too many movies.
Have you seen The Internship? It’s an Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn comedy where these two middle-aged guys get an internship with Google. The universe gives this film about 6/10, but my husband and I think it’s hilarious. At the beginning of the movie these guys are salesmen and they’ve got their Psych Up Mix on as they think they’re going to make a big sale… and this song is on it. And it’s kinda a gag a couple times in the film, because of course, this is a terrible song for a Psych Up Mix. But it cracks me up so here it is. 😛
fav chill, relaxing song / a book you’d curl up with and read on a rainy day
I like light, easy reads for chill days, rainy days, whatever. The type of thing that I would be able to read in one sitting. I actually don’t own a lot of books like that, so the first one I think of is Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. Thank you, OwlCrate, for feeding some contemporary into my personal collection.
Most my music collection is designed to be really high energy – like… jump like a fool around the living room and singing into my list like it’s a microphone and this isn’t embarrassing… that high energy. When I’m chilling, I listen to audiobooks. But if I had to pick, I’d go with “Blackbird” by The Beatles.
I love The Beatles. They’re one of the few bands I can put on and binge through their music. Songs like “Blackbird” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” are definitely chill favorites. Of course, they have fun, fast-paced songs as well. The Beatles are awesome.
guilty pleasure song – one that’s catchy and addicting but not a whole lot of substance / guilty pleasure/trashy/fast/light read
I don’t read much trashy romance, so I guess that’s out. But I still like Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. NOT the audiobook, but the well-worn paperback I’ve had since I was fifteen does me nicely. It’s a series I can’t really defend, especially as it gets further into the series… but I like the first book! Again, not the audiobook.
Lol okay and if I haven’t already turned you off ALL of my music already… a guilty pleasure listen is any song from the musical television series, Galavant.
Gosh I loved this show. I appreciate any art form that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Can we fully appreciate the fact that Disney put out a LYRIC VIDEO for this ridiculousness? I love it so much. I can always throw on the Galavant album and end up laughing.
For those of you out there who have self-respect and never watched this MAGNIFICENT show, it was an off-season filler for Once Upon a Time and followed this washed out knight named Gary Galavant who was cocky af and his group of misfits. It basically laughed in the face of all the very serious medieval fantasies, romcoms, musicals… everything it touched. There were so many fabulous guest stars and it fought wicked hard for a second season. And was VERY cancelled after that because of viewership numbers. BUT. Those of us who liked it, loved it.
throwback you look back on fondly / a book you read forever ago that you look back on fondly or reminds you of a happy childhood time
I have so many nostalgic books, but the winner is anything Harry Potter. Honestly. I have all the vivid memories of finishing the books, then calling my friends to see if they were done, then waiting for them to call me back when they did. Then talking about them for HOURS. This was before texting younglings – no live updates. Happy memories.
For serious throwback music…
When I was in high school, I took a lot of art classes. They’ve been absolutely useless IRL but I loved them and if I could go back in time, I’d still take them AND I’d take art classes in college. It was one of those rare places where everyone would really focus in on their projects and we’d just listen to the radio. I remember drawing cats and listening to “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” and it was a happy time in my childhood. Can you call high school childhood?
Alrighty, now that we’ve all thoroughly judge my music tastes… also, a lot of my favorite artists didn’t even make the cut by these questions! Oh well.
I’m not going to tag anyone in this one, but I’d actually REALLY REALLY like to see people steal it because I LOVE learning about all the things outside of books that my bookish people love.
Also, sad news, I had to shut off by record player mid-post because my smol cat was very upset that I wouldn’t let her play with it. I’m a monster, I know.